Tool Care #1: Oil Applicator

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Blog entry by Mike Lingenfelter posted 04-28-2008 09:28 PM 2375 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A while ago I posted a message about cleaning and taking care of your tools. In that thread MyronW talked about making an oil applicator out of PVC pipe. It sounded like a really good idea and I have been planning to make one for a while now.

Well I finally got about to making something. I think it’s a little different than what MyronW talked about but still made out of pipe fittings you can get at any hardware store.

I used black ABS instead of PVC, but I don’t think it really matters. I was just able to find the parts I wanted in ABS. I used 2” parts for this project, but you could use any size that meets your needs.

I bought: a 2” plug, 2” cleanout adapter and a 2” cap.



For the oil applicator I used several layers of an old sheet and packed it with some pieces of sponge.



I used some of the leftover sponge pieces to fill in the bottom of the applicator.



After I got everything packed in, I made sure that the surface of the applicator was proud of the surface of the ABS fitting. I then gave it a good soak with Camellia Oil.

I then gave it a test drive on a new Shoulder Plane I just purchased. It worked really well. The whole applicator is small and easy to hold. I thought the big square “nut” on the plug was going get in the way, but really hasn’t. Now I have nice oil applicator that will always be on or near my bench.


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#1 posted 04-28-2008 09:32 PM

thats cool. i might make one of those once i start getting some more hand tools. thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 04-28-2008 11:33 PM

Really nice work Mike.. I like building something from nothing, not to mention it’s unique!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 04-29-2008 01:35 AM

Thanks Mike for what will be a cool and handy thing to have on my workbench…I ‘ve been using a soak rag in a zip lock bag for quite some time now…Blkcherry

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#4 posted 04-29-2008 04:43 AM

Interesting idea, Mike. I’ll have to remember it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 04-29-2008 10:40 AM

I made one for wiping plane irons out of an Altoids box and T-shirt material.

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#6 posted 04-29-2008 03:25 PM

Thanks for sharing Mike. It will be nice to have something like this to quickly go over the planes after sharpening or at the end of a the day when the humidity kicks in up here.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#7 posted 04-29-2008 03:32 PM


I have an Altoids box setting in my shop that I was planning to do the same thing with. I plan have a couple/few of these guys hanging around. I want to make sure I always keep my metal tools protected.

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